.38 centerfire caliber, 5 3/8" barrel, S/N 44059 . With matching numbers throughout. The barrel is plugged in the loading lug area, with an ejector rod attached to the right side. Barrel marked Address Col. Saml Colt New-York U.S. America . The left side of the frame is marked Pat. July 25, 1871 over Pat. July 2, 1872 . The five shot cylinder displays the roll engraved stagecoach scene. Nickel finish, with old ivory grips.
The backstrap is engraved in Old English script, Deadwood Dick , while the underside of the butt is engraved Nat Love in cursive.
Nat Love, also known as "Deadwood Dick", was born a slave in Davidson County, Tennessee. When slavery was abolished, Love headed West to become a cowboy and worked ranch jobs in Kansas and Arizona. He earned the nickname "Deadwood Dick" after entering a cowboy contest in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, on July 4th, 1876.
The nickel finish is present throughout the majority of the revolver with some light pitting on the barrel, and scratches throughout. Some brass is exposed on the triggegruard. The ivory grips show some age cracks, with a repair on the left side. The bore and action are good.